Washington, DC - U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-AL), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, released a statement following a New York Times report that China “is digging a new field of what appears to be 110 silos for launching nuclear missiles.”
“We have known that China has been undergoing a crash nuclear build-up for some time and now it has been laid bare for all the world to see. These are not the actions of a country with a ‘no first use’ policy and seeking only a ‘minimum credible deterrent'. We need to have a serious discussion about what it truly means to have to deter two near-peer nuclear adversaries at the same time. We have to deter China and Russia in different ways and with different mixes of delivery systems – this is what should drive the Biden administration's Nuclear Posture Review. It is abundantly clear that we must also rapidly modernize our nuclear infrastructure and bring our deterrent into the 21st century. I look forward to continuing to advocate for this as we debate the upcoming NDAA,” Ranking Member Rogers said.